Game Gear repair: best options?

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  1. superyoshi

    superyoshi Member

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    Hi

    I have a Sega Game gear in need of new capacitors, but I would like to know if there's a specific set I need for my system:

    All I can say about the system at this time is that it has TMSS (causing it to detect if a game is licensed and if so tell me "Produced by or under license from Sega Enterprises Ltd") and it does support the TV tuner (I tested it before buying it in mid 2005).

    Also, do I need to take any extra precautions in installing an LED backlight? The system needs a new backlight too.
     
  2. GoodTofuFriday

    GoodTofuFriday Site Supporter 2015,2016,2017

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    if the system needs a new backlight then this repair likely isnt for you. The back light is cfl tube of sorts and not led.
    The game gear is extremely forgiving with caps. You can use ones where the uF value is close to the original. Voltage needs to be the same or more, but at most maybe 5v more.
     
  3. MaxWar

    MaxWar <B>Site Supporter 2013</B>

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    I like to order cap kits from console5.com
    It makes the whole thing of getting the caps hassle free. There are a few different version of the GG motherboard. You have to identify which one you have to order the right cap kit. You can find directions on the console5 website.
     
  4. superyoshi

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    Don't Console5's capacitor kits exclude sound and display capacitors?
     
  5. rso

    rso Gone. See y'all elsewhere, maybe.

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    The kits I've seen usually had enough components to cover all GG variants, iirc. But if you find you're a few short, as long as they have the correct capacity and support at least the necessary voltage, you can use whichever are available. Make sure they physically fit in there though.

    As for the LEDs, I recommend giving them a thourough treatment with some sand paper to minimize bright spots, other than that it's a pretty straightforward mod.
     
  6. MaxWar

    MaxWar <B>Site Supporter 2013</B>

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    Last time i ordered there, the kits had all the parts. Anyway you have a list of all the included caps, you can see if it fits with what you see on your motherboard.
     
  7. LeHaM

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    McWill I think his name is, makes a replacement LCD for the game gear
     
  8. l_oliveira

    l_oliveira Officer at Arms

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    If it has TMSS screen it is the model that has a single chip ASIC and single chip ASIC doesn't work with the TV tuner.
     

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